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Bara FC takes the title second time

The pitch was drenched by the morning rain, which resulted in the deferral of the Telikom National Soccer League Round 21 match between Hekari United and Petro Souths.

Mungkas struggled in the conditions which prevented them from playing a more expansive game.

Linah Honeakii was the first player to size up the pitch scoring from a penalty in the opening minutes of the second half. Her well-judged chip shot beat Mungkas goalkeeper Teri Lasin.

The goal brought wild cheers from Lae fans after a goal-less first half which was a hard fought tussle. Honeakii’s goal upped the tempo for th hosts, whose ball coordination in the wet condition was unmatched by the visitors.

Mungkas big guns Fatima Rama and Lydia Banabas along with Lois Demgor and Ramona Morris failed to get the equalizer despite several raids at the Bara goalmouth. Cathy Horris , Esther Kenatsi and Jessica Nawi did well to contain the Bara offence.

Bara led by Zeena LImbai proved a handful for the Mungkas as they seemed to thrive in the wet. The Lae girls had all the momentum in the second half controlling the ball slowly breaking down the visitors’ defence.

IN the final quarter of the match Bara winder Ellin Taito threaded the ball past two defenders and the goalkeeper for Bara’s second goal putting the match beyond Mungkas reach.

The win sees Lae claim for the second year in a row the mantle as the country’s leading centre in women’s football.

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